Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the US, Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media.

Our program is carried by over 125 radio stations and heard by millions of listeners. It is produced by David Barsamian in Boulder, Colorado.

Alternative Radio is sustained by donations and by your purchases of season subscriptions, recordings and transcripts. You can make a donation, including a recurring amount charged to your credit card each month, from our donations page.

Because Alternative Radio is a syndicated program, we don't have the permissions from them to post their audio files or transcripts. If you go to the Alternative Radio website, you can download their interviews and lectures for a very low price, and help support their work.

Episode Archive

Jules Boykoff on The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 02/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jules Boykoff - The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism (lecture)

Jules Boykoff - The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism (lecture)

The Olympics are perhaps the crown jewels of sports. The pomp and circumstance, the pageantry and international competition make the games special. They began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, Greece. They were held in honor of Zeus, king of the gods. Today, the gods are fame, fortune, and national pride. The Olympics are a multi-billion dollar extravaganza. Behind the spectacle of athletic prowess and the patina of global harmony, brass-knuckle politics and brute economics reign. One hears of public-private partnerships in financing the games but it is often the public holding the bag when costs skyrocket, as they often do. The 2016 Summer Games will be in Rio.

Vandana Shiva speaks on Seeds and Freedom

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Vandana Shiva - Seeds & Freedom (lecture)

Vandana Shiva - Seeds & Freedom (lecture)

Robert McChesney on The Internet, Capitalism & Democracy

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Journalist and author Robert McChesney speaks on The Internet, Capitalism & Democracy (lecture)

Remember the information superhighway and all the hype about the Internet? The wonders of the Digital Age would be liberating. A utopian bliss was at hand. Now it sometimes looks more like a dystopia. A handful of monopolies dominate the Internet. Google garners 97% of the mobile search market. Microsoft's operating system is used by 90% of the world's computers. Capitalism has colonized cyberspace, spurred the collapse of journalism, independent bookstores and many, many jobs. The sharp decline in antitrust enforcement of violations, the increase in patents on technology and proprietary systems, and massive subsidies have turned large parts of the Internet into an electronic shopping mall.

Sanho Tree - End the Drug War

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 01/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sanho Tree - End the Drug War

Sanho Tree on End the Drug War Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Sanho Tree is director of the Drug Policy Project, which works to end the domestic and international “War on Drugs” and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety, as well as economic alternatives to the prohibition drug economy. Mr. Tree is also a former military and diplomatic historian and he has collaborated in the past with Dr. Gar Alperovitz on The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (Knopf, 1995). From 1996-97, he assisted entertainer Harry Belafonte and continues to work as an occasional consultant for him on international issues. He was also associate editor of CovertAction Quarterly, an award-winning magazine of investigative journalism.

Lester Brown on "The Future of Civilization"

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lester Brown on "The Future of Civilization", a lecture

The Future of Civilization Recorded in Seattle, WA on November 11, 2013.

Naomi Klein on The Shock Doctrine

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/31/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Naomi Klein speaks on The Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine Recorded in Montreal, QC on September 05, 2007.

Writer Barbara Ehrenreich on "Kicking People When They're Down"

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 12/24/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Barbara Ehrenreich speaks on Kicking People When They're Down

Barbara Ehrenreich speaks on Kicking People When They're Down (Recorded in Santa Fe, NM on March 13, 2013.)

Barbara Ehrenreich is a social critic, journalist, and activist. She received a PhD in cell biology from Rockefeller University. In the 1970’s, she was involved with the nascent women’s health movement. After publishing an article in Ms magazine, she became a regular columnist there and with Mother Jones. She is the author of numerous books including such bestsellers asNickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, This Land is Their Land and Bright-Sided. In 2012 she founded the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a website designed to place the crisis of poverty and economic insecurity at the center of the national political conversation.

Paul Cienfuegos on Community Rights

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Cienfuegos on Community Rights

Most citizens have political opinions. Many are involved in nonprofit community-based organizations. But the time-impaired average person remains politically disorganized and distracted. Collective political action nationally is often limited to mobilizing for wars and elections. Disengagement can seem the norm. Community organizers are bucking this trend. Local issues, be they environmental, fair wages, or municipalization of energy and Internet services, are getting more and more people off their couches. Efforts to assert community rights encounter structural obstacles to direct democracy such as Dillon's Rule, regulatory law, and the effects of nearly 100 years of corporate constitutional rights.

Ray McGovern speaks on Whistleblowers

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ray McGovern - Whistleblowers (lecture)

What is one to do when confronted by blatant criminal actions and illegalities? Look the other way? Punch out at 5 and go home? That's not what Edward Snowden did. His disclosures have informed and educated the people of the United States and the world about secret surveillance and massive data-gathering that the NSA and other government agencies are engaged in within the U.S. and abroad. And Snowden's reward? Hounded. Threatened. Defamed. His passport has been revoked. Instead of encouraging whistleblowers the Obama administration has created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Open up your mouth to report wrongdoing and corruption and you'll have the book thrown at you.

Rami Khouri on The Unfinished Arab Revolutions

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 12/03/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rami Khouri - The Unfinished Arab Revolutions (lecture)

Rami Khouri - The Unfinished Arab Revolutions (lecture)

Comments

"Alternative Radio" broadcast 04-Aug-09 9-10am Portland

Hello,

I would like to get an MP3 copy of your Alternative Radio broadcast of 04-Aug-09, 9-10am. It is one of the best talks I have ever heard on the progression of our economic system. Is it available?

Thanks,
Steve Brandt

Hi!   Is there a way to

Hi!

 

Is there a way to listen to the show today on "Alternative Radio"?  It was on from 9am-10am Sept. 22, 09.  I was in my car, but was unable to listen to the entire program.

 

Thank you.

 

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